A cold and rainy winter with the occasional light fall of snow. The spring was also cooler than the seasonal average and it rained. The summer was characterised by a fairly hot July and an August interrupted by some rainfall. Vegetation was vigorous and the phenological phases were within the seasonal average. The harvest was complex. The fine weather that held during the first three quarters of the harvest allowed excellent accumulation of polyphenols and sugar, guaranteeing structure and smoothness.
VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon 68%, Alicante Bouschet 20%, Merlot 12%.
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 49,000
EXPOSURE: south – south-westerly
TYPE OF SOIL: complex, stony structure on a substratum of clay.
VINE DENSITY: 6,600 plants per hectare.
VINIFICATION: temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The vinification of the grapes from the various land parcels of our vineyards takes place separately in open tapered steel vats.
HARVESTING TECHNIQUE: manual
MACERATION: up to 21 days depending on the variety. Long contact with lees to halve the use of sulphites.
FILTERING: no fining or filtering.
MATURING: 12 months 50% in steel and the remaining 50% in French oak barriques, 70% of which old and 30% new. Further 12 months of bottle ageing.
CELLAR LIFE: over 15 years